President’s Corner

 

By Terry Libro, MWCR President

Auctions to help collies

AUCTIONS TO HELP COLLIES!, an online auction on Facebook run by Cathy Pupo, raised $1000 last month for the Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue.  Cathy’s auctions have raised thousands of dollars to help collie rescues across the United States.  Thank you to Cathy for selecting MWCR to be a recipient of the auction, thank you to everyone who donated items, and thank you to everyone who bid on the items. Your generosity helped many collies.

MWCR’s Online Auction May 23 to May 27

Linda Riegger is again organizing an online auction with Helping Paws to benefit MWCR.  Linda and her team ran a successful auction last spring and wanted to do another online auction this spring.  Barb and Dave Gibson are busy photographing the items which will be auctioned and Linda is busy doing the behind-the-scenes work.  Items in this year’s auction include a beautiful, custom-made wood collie Welcome sign made by MWCR member Arnie Hilk, vintage collie books, a collectible Mosser glass collie figurine, MWCR clothing, gift cards, and more.  If you have items you’d like to donate to the online auction, please contact Linda at phroetz@aol.com.  Watch for more details on the auction process as we get closer to the date.  Here is the online auction link:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1952399724833150/

 

Pause 4 Paws Adoption Event

Chris Norman, Rodgers the collie, and I had a blast at the Pause 4 Paws Adoption event held on April 21.  Handsome Rodgers was quite the charmer.  In addition to promoting the adoption of rescue animals, the Pause 4 Paws organizers held a raffle and a bake sale to raise funds for their beneficiary rescues.  A special thank you to the students at Providence Academy in Plymouth, Minn. who made fleece blankets, tug toys, and a cat toy for each rescue. See pictures from this event on the April Photo Wall.

Upcoming events

The Minnesota Collie Rescue will have a table at the Paws on Parade event organized by the Heart of Minnesota Animal Shelter in Hutchinson, Minn., Saturday, May 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  If you’d like to volunteer for a few hours at this or other events, please let our Volunteer Coordinator, Cat Olund, know of your interest.  Cat’s email is cat_chisago@frontiernet.net.

MWCR also will be holding its annual Collie Flower event on Sunday, May 20, from 2 to 3 p.m. at Catholic Eldercare located at 817 NE Main Street in Minneapolis.  This event, organized by Judy Roggow, is an opportunity for collies and shelties to visit with the residents at Catholic Eldercare.  Calm dogs on leashes are welcome and do not need to be certified therapy dogs.  The residents and staff always enjoy visiting with the collies and shelties.

Food Drives Are For Pets Too

Food drives aren’t only for people, they’re for pets as well.  Food shelves distribute pet food so that family pets don’t go hungry.  So, the next time your employer or church or other organization has a food drive, please consider donating pet food.  The National Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger food drive is on Saturday, May 12.  Nonperishable items, including unopened dry and canned pet food, can be left at your mailbox for your mail carrier to pick up.  Some events, such as the Dog Days Westonka, collect dog and cat food for the local food shelf and MWCR always donates dog food at these events.  So, please include dog and cat food as part of your next food donation and make a family pet happy.  If you’d like to drop off pet food at MWCR’s table at community events, your donation will be donated to a local food shelf.

Traveling from Puerto Vallarta?

Are you planning to travel by air from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to Minneapolis?  Would you like to help a rescue cat or small dog find a new home?  If so, then Jill Goldstein from Pause 4 Paws would love to hear from you.  Pause 4 Paws, which raises money for its beneficiary rescues, including MWCR, has partnered with a rescue in Puerto Vallarta to help with the abundance of neglected and homeless animals in Mexico.  Pause 4 Paws has arrangements with Aero Mexico, Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta, Frontier, United, and Virgin America to transport cats and small dogs in the cabins of their planes.  Sun Country, which many people fly to Minneapolis, does not allow pets in the cabin.   If you, or anyone you know, would be willing to transport a homeless animal from Puerto Vallarta to Minneapolis, please contact Jill at jill@pause4pawsmn.org or 612-810-2893 who will make the arrangements.  Pause 4 Paws will pay for the cost of transporting the animal which will be delivered to you in Puerto Vallarta.  A representative of either Pause 4 Paws or Angel of Hope Animal Rescue will meet your flight in Minneapolis and take the animal to its foster home.  Their Airline Angel program operates all year, not just the winter months.  Please contact Jill if you can help these animals.

Milwaukee Collie Frolic

It’s time again to get our frolic on in the Milwaukee area. Mark your calendars for Sunday, May 20th, from noon to 4 p.m. and be ready to romp. We will be gathering at the Central Bark on State St. in Wauwatosa – the same location as last year, 6228 W. State St. Suite G

Central Bark requires all dogs that use their facilities to be up to date on vaccinations including Bordatella. There will be a form to sign that requests vaccination expiration dates. Please make sure you know these dates for the form or print out the attached copy to fill out in advance.

To RSVP, get directions or ask questions, please email me at sbrebe@yahoo.com
 
I hope to see lots of collies for tail wagging fun,
 – Sarah
Directions:
From I-94 West:

Take exit 307A for 68th St. toward 70th St. (0.2 mi)
Turn Right onto S 68th St. (1.0 mi)
Turn Right onto State St.
Central Bark is on the Left
6228 W. State St. Suite G, Wauwatosa, WI 53213

From I-94 East
Take exit 307A toward 68th St/70th St (0.2 mi)
Merge onto W. Kearney St. (0.2 mi)
Turn Left onto S 68th St (1.0 mi)Turn Right onto State St.

Central Bark is on the Left
6228 W. State St. Suite G, Wauwatosa, WI 53213

Upcoming events

MWCR will be participating in the Dog Olympics on Sunday, April 15, at the AgStar Arena on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The Dog Olympics is a fun event organized by the veterinary students at the University of Minnesota.  Come with or without you dog for a day of competitions. 

https://sites.google.com/site/umndogolympics/home

MWCR will have a booth at the Pause 4 Paws Annual Adoption Event on Saturday, April 21, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Brooklyn Park location of Stone Mountain Pet Lodge.  The organizers are planning a variety of activities, including a bake sale and raffle.

https://www.pause4pawsmn.org/events/

Spring flowers for Twin Cities area residents

Animal Folks Minnesota is holding a spring plant sale fundraiser. Ann Olson, the executive director of Animal Folks Minnesota, a nonprofit that works on puppy mill issues, was the guest speaker at MWCR’s Annual Dinner in 2015.   A variety of hanging baskets and patio pots are available.  Orders must be placed by April 10 and will be available for pick up on May 18 in Savage or May 19 in St. Paul.  This is a great opportunity to get beautiful flowers and support a reputable animal organization.

http://www.animalfolksmn.org/retail.html

Notes from our President

By Terry Libro

Thank you for voting

Thank you to everyone who voted in the 2018 MWCR election for President and Secretary. If you haven’t mailed your ballot, there still is time to do so.

The Nominating Committee, consisting of  Linda Riegger, Judith Roggow, Russell Sager, and Matt Beckwith with the assistance of Chris Norman, will be meeting in mid-March to count the ballots and officially announce the results.

Online auction

Mark your calendars for May 23 to May 27, the dates of this year’s MWCR Online Auction.  Linda Riegger, along with Barb and Dave Gibson, are getting ready for the second MWCR Online Auction to benefit MWCR’s collies.  Last year’s auction was very successful with bidders from across the country.  Watch for more details closer to the date.

Event season has started

MWCR’s community event season started with this year’s Great Lakes Pet Expo and will continue with numerous events through the spring, summer, and fall.   If you have a few hours to spare, we’d love for you and your collie to staff our booth at various events.  We’ll be listing our upcoming events so if something catches your eye, come and join us.